Tell Tale- By Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer seems to have finally completed his Clifton Chronicle Series, and is out with his latest volume of short stories. Tell Tale, is a fascinating collection of 14 stories, of people from across eras and far-fetched places. Having read Quiver Full of Arrows, his earlier story collection, I was eager to pick up his short stories again. And, I must say, I wasn’t disappointed in any way. From Naples to Damascus, it is a journey, filled with a variety of characters. The hapless young detective and his brush with a mysterious murder, to the woman who dared to challenge

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Book Review Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag-Translated by Srinath Perur

It’s all Ghachar Ghochar!! I must confess. I have always resisted books that have been translated. When a book is rewritten as a translation from another language, somewhere the true essence of the story is lost. But here is a book that proved me wrong. Ghachar Ghochar is a fascinating book originally written in Kannada by Vivek Shanbhag and translated into English by Srinath Perur. Different from the currently trending Indian writing in English, in just around 30,000 words, it holds a story that has been so well told. Ghachar Ghochar is seemingly a novella in its truest sense, but

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Book Review: A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

Desire and need, may well seem to be the two sides of the same coin. A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee, explores these complexities through five different characters, in five different circumstances. Reflections of contemporary India, these lives have an unquenchable thirst for a better life, as they push themselves beyond mere existence. Neel Mukherjee’s earlier published books include Past Continuous in India, which won the Crossword Prize. His second book, The Lives of Others (2014) was a shortlist for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Prize. A State of Freedom is Neel Mukherjee’s third novel. Sectioned into five parts,

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Book Review: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness- Arundhati Roy

I wasn’t all that sure if I should actually pick Arundhati Roy’s latest- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The reasons were plenty. Firstly, despite all the acclaim and the Booker Prize, I hadn’t entirely enjoyed reading her first book – The God of Small Things. Secondly, her so called liberal opinions expressed on many occasions, on all things Indian, just didn’t go down well with me. And lastly, in just over a week since The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been out, there has been a complete mix of reviews bombarding social media. Some really juicy reviews that screamed out that

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The Book Thief By Markus Zusak- Review

Heard of books that feed the soul? The Book Thief may well be considered one. Let me tell you at the onset, this book isn’t for those who seek a light and quick read. Nor is it for those, who like all things bright and happy. The Book Thief is for you if you love to get right into the skin of the characters. It is for you if experimental fiction thrills you. It is for you, if you love reading about the Holocaust, even if it is something you have heard enough about. Set in Nazi Germany, it is

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The Mother I Never Knew By Sudha Murty

Last weekend I completed reading Sudha Murty’s “The mother I never knew”. A collection of two simple novellas, the book gives a peek into families and their past secrets- and how important are they in the here and now. The book presents two different men and their stories. Venkatesh the bank manager, accidently stumbles upon his father’s past and discovers an abandoned wife and child. On the other hand Mukesh, the son of a well-to-do man, discovers on his father’s death that he was actually adopted. Both men accidently uncover a past, to find a mother they never knew existed.

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